Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Excel Black Cherry

I grabbed this last night:

Excel Black Cherry


Brand: Excel Black Cherry Soda.

Origin: Breese, IL.

Purchase Place: Frattallone's Ace Hardware, St. Paul, MN.

Sweetener: Pure Cane Sugar.

Review: This didn't stand out from many other black cherry sodas. It was sugary and almost a bit too syrupy, but the flavor was good. There was a bit of a "sharpness" at the end of each sip, but not bad. Overall, a decent, normal soda.

Score: 5 out of 10.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Jelly Belly Green Apple Soda

The label said "GOURMET soda," but I didn't have much faith in this:

Jelly Belly Green Apple Soda


Brand: Jelly Belly Green Apple Soda.

Origin: Fairfield, CA.

Purchase Place: "Frattallone's Ace Hardware," St. Paul, MN.

Sweetener: Cane Sugar.

Review: When I popped the top, it smelled like wet cardboard. My first sip was interesting: it had a very "CANDY green apple" flavor (not like a tart ACTUAL green apple), and then it had a strange aftertaste. The flavor wasn't bad, it was just more sugary than I expected (and I expected it to be a bit sugary). Overall, I'll call it just barely below average - it was drinkable, but not great.

Score: 4 out of 10.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Joe's Root Beer

This ended up being my first soda from Nevada:

Joe's Root Beer

Joe's Root Beer
Sweet bottle cap.


Brand: Joe's Root Beer.

Origin: Henderson, NV.

Purchase Place: Frattallone's Ace Hardware, St. Paul, MN.

Sweetener: Cane sugar and honey.

Review: So I liked that this was trying something unique, but it just wasn't that good. Honey and vanilla are the last two ingredients in this root beer, and there's just way too much honey. I've said it before: I don't care for honey in root beer even though I may love it in other flavors of soda. I can taste the vanilla, and that's a nice little addition. But the honey is just too much and a little too strange. (Honey isn't the only sweetener - it's just an added sweetener near the end of the ingredients list.)

Score: 3 out of 10.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Dang! That's Good Italian Cherry Soda

I enjoyed this on a hot afternoon yesterday:

Dang! That's Good Italian Cherry Soda
(With flowers in the background that my son brought home from his Great-Grandpa's funeral.)


Brand: Dang! That's Good Italian Cherry Soda.

Origin: Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Purchase Place: Frattallone's Ace Hardware, St. Paul, MN.

Sweetener: Sugar.

Review: The first thing I would describe this as is "crisp." It has a sharp carbonated kick to it that is a little like having a freshly-made soda at an old-fashioned soda fountain. The cherry flavor was initially good, but then leaves a little bit of a funky aftertaste. Overall, it's nothing special, but it was better than I thought it would be.

Score: 6 out of 10.

Friday, August 5, 2016

1893 Cola (by Pepsi)

I spied this available being sold as individual cans at Target:

1893 Cola


Brand: 1893 (by Pepsi).

Origin: Unknown.

Purchase Place: Target, Minneapolis, MN.

Sweetener: Fair trade certified sugar.

Review: For some reason, I expected this to have a LOT of flavor, and it didn't. But it was good. Really good. It had a sweet flavor, with just a little kick from some bitters. I've never been a huge fan of Pepsi, but this was one of the better colas I've had. 

Score: 8.5 out of 10.
 

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

North Star Craft Soda Orange Cola

This was my last (of 3) sodas from the cabin (see the first one here and the second one here):

North Star Craft Soda Orange Cola
On the railing at the cabin with the lake in the background.

Brand: North Star Craft Soda Orange Cola.

Origin: Forest Lake, MN.

Purchase Place: Frattallone's Ace Hardware, St. Paul, MN.

Sweetener: Sugar.

Review: The "orange" was subtle, which was good. A super ORANGE "orange cola" sounds disgusting. The cola part of this was good - a bit fruity and sweet, with just a bit of a bite. It wasn't as odd as it sounded, and it went down well.

Score: 6 out of 10.
 

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Lost Trail Diet Root Beer

Another soda on vacation:

On the counter in the cabin at the lake.

Brand: Lost Trail Diet Root Beer.

Origin: Louisburg, KS.

Purchase Place: Frattallone's Ace Hardware, St. Paul, MN.

Sweetener: Aspartame (Nutrasweet brand).

Review: This has the typical weak flavor of a root beer. It's sort of right in the middle of the "smooth vs bite" scale, and I kind of wish it would pick one side or the other. It's relatively creamy, but just a bit weak because it's diet. Overall, this was just OK.

Score: 5 out of 10.
 

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Yacht Club Black Cherry

I took this on a family vacation recently, and drank it while watching my boys play at the beach:

Yacht Club Black Cherry
At the beach as my boys play in the lake.

Brand:  Yacht Club Black Cherry.

Origin: Centredale, Rhode Island.

Purchase Place: Frattallone's Ace Hardware, St. Paul, MN.

Sweetener: Pure Cane Sugar.

Review: This smelled good and had a good black cherry flavor. But then it went downhill - there was no cola flavor at all. The black cherry felt a bit heavy and syrupy (which I sometimes don't mind), and it got to be too much. There was a bit of a strange bite at the end of each sip. If it had more cola flavor mixed in, it would have been a lot better.

Score: 3.5 out of 10.
 

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Wilderness Weeee

This was the 3rd and final soda from my son's and my trip to Fizzy Waters in Duluth:

Wilderness Weeee
At our campsite in Jay Cooke State Park.

Wilderness Weeee
The funny pee jokes on the side of the bottle.

Wilderness Weeee
My son having a sip. He doesn't get soda at home, so this is a treat.

Wilderness Weeee
He liked it. A LOT.

Brand: Wilderness Weeee.

Origin: Ely, MN.

Purchase Place: Fizzy Waters, Duluth, MN.

Sweetener: Sugar and Corn Sweetener.

Review: In case your wondering (and didn't see it on the label in the first photo), this is orange flavored. The orange flavor is pretty good, and it's slightly "sharp" (it ain't no "orange cream"). Nothing fancy, but pretty funny and goes down well.

Score: 6 out of 10.